BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
Well two weeks on and the races are still fresh in my mind! After Boston on Monday, the London Marathon on Sunday went pretty well. 4h08 in Boston, 4h09 in London. Slow, but at least consistently slow! I was quite relieved that I didn't pick up an injury or that my legs didn't give way. I didn't have too much energy or oomph on the second marathon, but other than that it was actually quite easy!
The following weekend I was back in Boston and ran a 5K in 22.30. So that was it - 42.2+42.2+5K; 26.2+26.2+3 M; 4h08+4h09+22 - 8h39. In 1992, 22 years ago, I ran the 90KM/54M Comrades Marathon in 8h57 - at this rate of improvement, I might actually be quite fast by the time I am 90!
AND, most importantly, we raised $8900 for Pedi Oncology!! What an amazing year! THANK YOU for making this such a banner year! It adds a huge amount to the run to know that so much more is going to such a worthy cause.
I updated some pictures on the Website. THANKS once more!!
Wow! That is quite a year!! What a great race, what great friends. We STORMED past the $5000 minimum and have even easily surpassed the $7500 - so far about $8500 raised. THANKS so much for your generosity - there are some really huge donations this year, and there are many more donors than ever.
The running is quite a year too - training through nine feet of snow this winter and some really cold weather. The race itself was a cold and windy day - not ideal running conditions, but better than extreme heat. I ran with a friend and colleague (and donor!) Tom Randall for much of the way, which was very fun. Lagged way behind another friend and donor Romney Resney who came is at about 3h26 (90th in her division!!)
We got stuck in the pack of runners at the start - a really slow start all out to 10K, then picked up the pace running uphill to Wellesley, 3 minutes off the 4 hour target pace at the 21K half at 1h58, pulled through the hills to come out by BC at 35K at 3h20, didn't manage to kick properly on the run in to Boston, and came in just over 4 hours at 4h08 - but I'm happy - I'll take it!
Afterwards went down to O'Leary's as tradition now for an Irish stew and Guinness with a number of serial marathoners who gather there - 12, 38, 169, and 218 marathons respectively amongst all other the runners at the table, one former age division Boston winner - drinkers with a serious running problem! We missed Mike Piper from New Zealand who had run over 100 marathons, second in his age division in Boston one year, and who passed away this year from cancer. He was in our thoughts and we had a round for him.
So now the good news is your can track ANOTHER run on Sunday. I'll be in London for the marathon there, so will send my number on to you on Saturday. In 1993, 22 years ago I ran the 89km/54mile Comrades marathon in 8h57 - 4h15 marathons x 2 plus a 5KM at about 5 1/2 min kms. So seems I have a seven minute cushion at the marathon split 4h08 + ? London - before heading back for the big one - 5K the following weekend in Boston, to try and get in under 8h57! Lets hope I haven't overtrained for the 5K.
Training plans for London.... taper taper taper!
Thanks so much for the support once again - much appreciated! What a great cause to raise money for – helping families in their darkest hour. What a year!
THANKS FOR VISITING MY FUNDRAISING PAGE!
This is for a cause dear to my heart – helping children and their families overcome the burden of childhood cancer. In my job as an anesthesiologist, I am fortunate to work in the MGH Pediatric Cancer Clinic. I say fortunate, because I get to work alongside heroes – children facing the massive challenge of beating cancer. For adults this is tough enough; for young people who are still developing the tools to deal with life’s tests, this is an almost overwhelming task.
I say fortunate because I also get to work with the families of these children – the mother and fathers who suddenly face the reality of their child being diagnosed with a life threatening disease. It is a privilege to help these heroes rise to overcome the painful challenges of surgery, anesthesia, chemotherapy and radiation for their child.
I say fortunate because this this year I am running the Boston Marathon again - and the London Marathon six days later. Training though the Boston winter and running two marathons in a week is not too tough – what is tough is raising the $7500 to support the children and families running their own races. But I am fortunate to have friends like you to help these children, and to assist in raising the funds.
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL:
Since 1998, with the partnership of John Hancock, the Mass General Marathon Team...Fighting Kids’ Cancer, One Step at a Time...has raised over $10 million to support the pediatric hematology-oncology program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC). Funds raised are directed to cancer care and research initiatives that enhance the quality of life for the hospital’s youngest cancer patients.
Thanks in large part to the philanthropic dollars raised by the Mass General Marathon Team...Fighting Kids’ Cancer One Step at a Time.... MGHfC is advancing cutting-edge research, increasing the number of clinical studies to improve cure rates, and providing the best treatment possible to pediatric cancer patients. MGHfC is also focused on the quality of life of its young patients and their families through the child life program, which utilizes therapeutic play - music and art therapy to help pediatric cancer patients and their families cope emotionally and developmentally with their illnesses.
This year, more patients than ever before utilized Child-Life services, which indicates the growing popularity of the programming, the recognition of its importance, and the program’s ability to continue to expand its offerings.
We are grateful for the hard work of all of our runners and the dedication of their family and friends, as they embark on fundraising and training for the historic 26.2 mile. Mass General and Boston...Together We Finish!